Lumbago Theatre Co Presents
Cherie - My Struggle
The show had its world premiere at the White Bear in July 2019 and completed a full run at the Edinburgh Festival in August. It then transferred to the Hen & Chickens, near the Blairs' old home in Islington. The producers are delighted to return to the White Bear where the show originated.
‘Cherie – My Struggle’ is an intimate, gossipy memoir recounting Cherie’s amazing journey from an obscure Liverpool convent to the epicentre of power in Downing Street. Barrister, mother, prime ministerial consort and all-round superwoman, Cherie Blair has never received the appreciation she deserves. She was by far the most talented ‘other half’ ever to occupy 10 Downing St, and yet she was constantly attacked in the press.
Before Cherie arrived, the PM’s spouse was a marginal or anonymous figure. She put the role on the world stage. In this new political drama, she comes across as a warm, smart, clear-headed working mum, fiercely loyal to her family and to her party. She recounts the chief events of the New Labour years, from the landslide victory of
May 1997 to the calamity of the Iraq war in 2003. And she delivers her uncensored reflections on the Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Anne, Alistair Campbell,
Carole Caplin, Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and Gordon Brown.
Mary Ryder [Cherie] says: ‘People ask if the show is a hatchet-job – and it is, but with Cherie wielding the hatchet.’
Daily Mail ****
Daily Telegraph **** ‘stiletto-sharp’
Broadway Baby **** ‘A master-stroke of ingenuity … an intimate audience with one
of the most formidable women of the 21 st century.’
The National Student **** ‘Meticulously researched … a terrific fusion of
authenticity and artifice. … This is a show full of jokes but one with a serious, thought-provoking undercurrent.’
Amy Toledano, WithinHerWords, ‘Mary Ryder [Cherie] is fantastic, engaging, funny,
highly energised and a brilliant storyteller.’
‘Cherie – My Struggle’ stars Mary Ryder.
Directed by David Verrey
Script by parliamentary sketch-writer, Lloyd Evans.
Presented by Lumbago Theatre Co.
Performances start 7:30pm
£15 Full Price
Concessions are only accepted for pensioners, unemployed, students and under16s.